Adjunct Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology


Dr. Julie Kauer received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1986, and then carried out postdoctoral work with Dr. Roger Nicoll (UCSF) and Dr. Richard Tsien (Stanford University).  Since beginning her own laboratory, first at Duke University School of Medicine and now as Professor of Medical Science at Brown University, she has become a leader in the field of synaptic transmission and plasticity. Dr. Kauer has organized and chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Synaptic Transmission in 2006, and she was a member of the NINDS Board of Scientific Counselors from 2008-2013. She recently was recognized for her contributions to synaptic neurobiology by being named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Kauer lab has made key contributions to our understanding of synaptic plasticity at inhibitory synapses in the brain circuitry underlying reward and addiction, and recently has identified for the first time synaptic plasticity at glycinergic synapses, a type of inhibitory synapse prevalent in the spinal cord.

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